The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1392  Wednesday, 23 May 2002

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           PLEASE READ: Some Suggestions from the Editor
Subject:        Thursday, May 23, 2002

Dear SHAKSPEReans:

My semester is drawing to a close; I have resigned as chair with only a
few remaining tasks to complete; and I am about to begin a year-long
sabbatical. I should be ecstatically happy were it not that I have been
plagued by questions about what I should so with the rest of my life and
is SHAKSPER still a viable venue for serious discussion of Shakespearean
topics (more about this issue in a future post).

In any case, I have been thinking (or, at least, last night, during a
fit of insomnia, I was thinking) about ways that SHAKSPER might be
improved and my job might be lighten a wee bit.

I will begin with an abbreviated summary of what I do to bring SHAKSPER
to its members.

*Several times a day I check the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. account;

*I delete the sometimes hundreds of spasms and error messages and save
mail from members as named and numbered text files in a folder on my
hard drive;

*Usually, on the following morning, I begin by topic formatting posts
and digests for distribution to the members;

*I begin by inserting a header with the date and a volume and issue

*For messages that are not related to any others I have received, I
format the From, Date, and Subject lines to create a consistent design
and then lightly edit them and add the Disclaimer;

*For multiple messages I insert the header, insert all of the messages,
format them, lightly edit them, and create a table of contents;

*Then I mail the posts to the listserv software for distribution.

Sometimes, I can prepare a single message in five minutes or so (but
this does not include any of the other time I spend managing the list
itself); digests, of course, take a significantly more time.

Let me make a few SUGGESTIONS that would lighten my workload and I
believe improve the quality of the list as a whole.


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